This May, our focus is on Mental Health Awareness Month where we'll share resources on suicide prevention, statistics, and facts about the intersectionalities of Autism and mental health. Because the intersectionalities between Autism and co-occurring mental health conditions are so prevalent, it is imperative that the Autism community collaborates with health advocates, organizations, and policymakers to offer more equitable mental health supports.
Did you know: People with Autism are three times as likely to have suicidal thoughts, behaviors, and deaths by suicide than neurotypical individuals.
Mental Health Support and Statistics
- April 13, 2022 - "Unique Risk Markers and Warning Signs of Suicide for Autistic People" Lisa Morgan, M.Ed. Learn the unique risk markers and warning signs of suicide for autistic people, as well as how to communicate with and support autistic people in crisis.
APRIL 28, 2021 - "Exploring Depression and Beating the Blues" Professor Tony Attwood PhD and Dr. Michelle Garnett PhD. For people with ASDs, depression is common, and has particular features and causes. the webinar will explain and describe depression, the forms it can take, and how it looks and feels for a person on the autism spectrum.
- June 26, 2020 - “Crisis Supports for the Autism Community” Guest: Lisa Morgan, M.Ed. CAS. Suicide prevention and postvention resources to be a better fit for autistic adults, as well as, to spread awareness of the resources available to the autism community.
Maine Suicide Prevention Program
Available 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week If you are concerned about yourself or about somebody else
please call the Maine Crisis Hotline: 1-888-568-1112
Maine Crisis Response Programs by county
Intentional Warm Line (24-hour, non-crisis support): 1-866-771-9276
If you feel there is an immediate risk of harm call 911.
- Let the dispatcher that this is a mental health crisis.
- Ask if a Crisis Intervention Team trained officer is on duty.
- Provide the dispatcher with:
- details of the situation, including any visible symptoms and underlying diagnoses,
- information about any weapons that have been used, and any weapons that are on the premises, and
- other information you think is relevant, especially if it may make it safer for everyone.
If you are not in Maine, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)